Brain Injury Lawyers in Albuquerque, NM
A brain injury can affect every aspect of your life from your job to your relationships with family and friends. If another party caused your brain injury, you can — and should —hold that party accountable for your expenses and other losses.
A brain injury attorney in Albuquerque at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers can explain the strength of your case and help you understand your options for recovering compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We will review your case for free, and if we believe you have a chance to win, we will handle your claim on a contingency basis. This means you pay us nothing unless we win.
Albuquerque Brain Injuries
Brain injury sufferers often require weeks or even months of care at University of New Mexico Hospital — the only Level I Trauma Center in New Mexico. This care is usually followed by an extended stay at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, or one of the other rehabilitation facilities in the area. The cost of this treatment adds up quickly, easily reaching six figures for many victims long before they get to go home.
Unfortunately, New Mexico hospitals see a lot of brain injuries. According to reports from the New Mexico Department of Health, there were almost 8,000 emergency department visits related to traumatic brain injuries in 2010 alone.
From 2007 through 2011, about a quarter of all injury-related deaths in the state occurred because of a brain injury. The most common causes of fatal traumatic brain injuries during this time included:
- Traffic accidents.
Together these incidents caused 88 percent of all brain injury deaths in the state during this four-year period. When you consider only brain injuries where the victim survived, 39 percent were the result of a fall, followed closely by motor vehicle accidents.
To help local brain injury victims and their families, New Mexico has various resources available to those living in Albuquerque who suffered this type of injury. This includes the Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico and the New Mexico Brain Injury Resource Center (NMBIRC), who can help with referrals, advice, and support.
Damages Available in a Winning Brain Injury Case
The damages you may be able to collect if you can win an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit for your losses and expenses related to your brain injury will vary based on the severity of your injury and the treatment you required. We cannot give you a value for your case before we conduct an investigation and understand the full range of your expenses and losses.
However, we can explain the types of damages you might be able to collect if you win a payout in this type of case. Some of the most common types of damages obtained by brain injury victims in Albuquerque include:
- Medical care and related costs;
- Inpatient rehabilitation;
- Required therapies, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy;
- Ongoing care costs;
- Lost wages;
- Diminished earning capacity;
- Related out-of-pocket expenses, such as installing ramps at your home;
- Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other emotional damages.
If your loved one passed away because of a traumatic brain injury, we might be able to file a wrongful death action on your behalf and help you recover additional damages such as:
- Funeral and burial costs;
- Loss of household services;
- Mental anguish;
- Other emotional damages
Proving Negligence and Liability in an Albuquerque Brain Injury Case
Many people try to handle their brain injury claim on their own, but this is not always a good idea. Recovering all available damages requires you to understand complex personal injury laws, conduct an investigation and collect evidence, identify the at-fault party, and to prove the at-fault party acted negligently.
For example, imagine your loved one suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a car accident. To recover the compensation your loved one needs, you would need to collect evidence to:
- Show how the other driver violated a law or otherwise acted carelessly;
- Prove this caused the injury; and
- Document the compensable damages your family member suffered
If you can collect this evidence, you can prove the driver acted negligently and use that evidence to build a case that may allow you to hold that driver accountable for your family’s losses. You may be able to collect this compensation by filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. However, this is a time consuming and stressful process, and you might not receive compensation for the full value of your damages.
Let Us Manage This Process for You
When you let us handle your Albuquerque brain injury case, we will take care of this whole process for you. We will investigate your accident and injuries, and help you understand the best way to get the payout you need. Usually, we start by trying to get a fair settlement from the at-fault party’s auto, homeowner, or business liability insurance provider. In many cases, we can negotiate an agreement that covers the full range of your damages without needing to litigate your case.
Let Us Try to Recover the Full Value You Deserve
When we handle an Albuquerque brain injury case, we fight for the full payout our clients deserve based on the evidence we collect when we investigate their case. We can explain the complexities of your case, and help you understand how the laws apply to your claim specifically.
We can take over all communication with the insurance company, filing your claim, and trying to negotiate a fair settlement based on the value of your damages. If this is not possible, we will navigate the legal process for you, filing a personal injury lawsuit and representing you in court.
Talk to a Brain Injury Lawyer in Albuquerque About Your Case Today
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in Albuquerque because of someone else’s negligence, it is time to get serious – Ron Bell Injury Lawyers serious. Our team offers free case reviews and handles these cases on a contingency basis. You owe us no attorney’s fees unless we recover a payout on your behalf.
Call us today at 505-898-2355 for your complimentary consultation.